September 6, 2016
Recent passing of the legendary Joe Sutter has touched the entire aviation world. We would like to remember the Father of the 747 through the words of Randy Tinseth, vice president marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“I got to know Joe very well during my time on the 747-8 program. His love for the airplane was unsurpassed, but he also cherished the people around him. He was a legend— but he never let it go to his head,” said Tinseth.
“We often joked that Joe never really retired from Boeing. While he was an ambassador for the company, you may be surprised to know that he still came into the office on a regular basis. In what would be one of my last conversations with him just a few weeks ago, we had a long discussion about product strategy.”
“Joe’s legacy lives on in the countless people he inspired here at Boeing. He was a true Incredible. I’ll miss his stories, his wit and his vision. But most of all, I’ll miss the man.”